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Firoz Mahmud: Early Episodes II
February 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Reception: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
This solo exhibition of mixed media works on paper by Bangladesh-born, New York-based artist Firoz Mahmud, engages his cultural and political heritage, touching on themes like war and conflict, legacies of the Bengal region, and dreams of immigrant families in new lands. The ‘Drawing Reverberation’ series of mixed media drawings on homemade papers delineate how foreign rulers from Persia came to greater Bengal for trading and preaching Islam. The socio-political issues during the Mughal era and the British East India company’s strategic colonial past are the core of this series of works on paper.
Over the course of the nineteenth century, Bengal and South Asia were colonized by the British East India Company. This works on paper series also extends Bengal legacy and history as well as the British East Indian colonial era and their trade and rule all over South Asia and its epicenter in Bengal. Most of these works depict the social past, evidence of things left behind, Islamism, history, myth, and beliefs of the past.
Born in Bangladesh, artist Firoz Mahmud was educated at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, and has a Ph.D, from the Tokyo University of Arts, an M.F.A from Tama Art University in Japan, and a B.F.A from Dhaka University. Mahmud’s work has been exhibited at numerous international art exhibitions such as Bangkok Art Biennale, Lahore Biennial, Dhaka Art Summit, Setouchi Triennale, Aichi Triennial, Sharjah Biennale, Congo Biennale, Ostrale Biennale (Dresden), Immigrant Artist Biennale (TIAB), Cairo Biennale, Echigo-Tsumari Triennial (Niigata, Japan), Asian Biennale, Geumgang Nature Art Biennale (South Korea). Other venues include: the Office of Contemporary Art, Norway, MAXXI Museum of 21st Century Arts Rome, India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan Contemporary Art at Asia House London, Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Fuchu Art Museum, Mori Art Museum Tokyo; Metropolitan Mostings Hus Copenhagen, Sovereign Art Foundation HK, Children Museum, PS1, and Hammond Museum in New York, Ota Fine Arts, Exhibit320 in Delhi, Dhaka Art Center, National Museum and Bengal Gallery in Dhaka.
The earlier version of the exhibition was presented at York College in York, Pennsylvania.
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